Thursday, June 6, 2019

Blast From The Past:1995 Topps Series 2 Baseball Pack Break

In 1999, a flick with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone called Blast From The Past came out. It was about a scientist named Calvin Webber who was played by Christopher Walken, that took his pregnant wife in a deep underground fallout shelter in 1962 when he thought a nuclear war was imminent. During that time, their son Adam played by Fraser (who seemed to had been in every late 90's movie) was born and was exposed to only the culture of 1962 in the shelter such as the music and TV shows of the time. Life was accustomed to not being at the surface. 

Fast forward 35 years later, their supplies and food was running low so someone would have to come above ground and take a risk to get new products. That was supposed to be Calvin, up until he was ill from stress from his one visit to the surface. So his son Adam would have to venture out in a world he had never met.....

This segment takes a look at products that may have been hidden in a underground fallout shelter for over 20 years and now just coming back out to be rediscovered....by me. Guess you can call me Adam even though my name is Matt. These are products I opened when I was first collecting and is a Part Of My Past, but may not have a memory or a Origins story to attach to them. Most products I post on here will, but some won't and those will be covered in this new segment.These products will be between the years of 1995-1999 only.

Let's just hope my experience with these breaks is better than Adams first visit to the surface.

Believe it or not, I landed this pack for less than a $1 in a pack lot that I paid a total of $4 for. When I can take a Blast To The Past with a break like that I will take it all day long. Back in 1995, I busted a lot of Topps product for hockey and football. I did bust a few packs of the baseball in both Series 1 and 2 in which both you will see on here but not much. Which makes these packs more of a Blast From The Past than an Origin.

So let's take a Blast From The Past with a one pack break of 1995 Topps Series 2 baseball!


In these hanger packs, there are 20 cards in each. At the time, they sold for $1.99. I got mine for roughly .80. Pretty fair I think. Each of these comes with two cyberstats parallels.

The base card set for Series 2 has 396 cards with a couple of subsets and guys like Ken Griffey Jr and Don Mattingly on the checklist.

So let's see how I did,
Mark played for 7 teams in 18 seasons. He hit 53 home runs and had a .259 batting avg.

Ryan Thompson played for nine seasons and six teams waiting for him to break out. He hit 52 home runs with a .243 batting avg.

Dalton was the first real name I remember in this pack. Very talented catcher who played for two teams in 13 or so seasons. His Marlins year I don't remember much. I will always picture him as a Phillie. He had a 137 home runs with a .245 batting average. He also 3X All Star and won a World Series ring in that one year with the Marlins. Remember when they were good?

Speaking of the Marlins, here comes Terry Mathews. He pitched for 8 seasons and four teams. Was 22-21 with a 4.25 ERA.

Most recognizable name on here is Rey Ordonez. He played about 8 seasons and had 12 home runs with a .246 batting average. He was another one of those prospects you kept waiting on in the late 90's.

Esteban Loaiza pitched for nine teams in close to 13 seasons. He even pitched for my Yankees and wasn't great if I remember correctly. He was 126-114 in his career with a 4.65 ERA He was also a 2x All Star and a Strikeout Leader in 2003 with the White Sox.

I don't know either of these guys, but how can you go wrong with any Expos cards. They should bring them back as an expansion!

Neither of these names I didn't recognize either. Scott on the bottom appears to have had a long night before his photo shoot.

Clemons pitched one season in the majors with the White Sox. He was 0-2 with a 8.53 ERA. I can see why he didn't last long.

I am going to say it, Florida Marlins over Miami Marlins.

Now my parallel pulls,

White played for six teams in sixteen seasons. He had 208 home runs with a .268 batting average.

Scott Lerius he played for three teams in nine seasons.  Hit 28 home runs with a .244 batting average. He is also a World Series champ.

Well, this pack wasn't quite as strong with the names as my Series 1 break. But, to me anyways, the parallels were worth the .80 along with the memories.

That does it for another Blast From The Past. Much more of these to come including some football breaks!

5 comments:

  1. I wasn't collecting in 1995, so these cards look quite new to me. Best one for me is the prospects card featuring Rey Ordonez. He was such a gem at shortstop. Worth the price of admission, even if he went 0-for-4.

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    1. I don't remember much about him playing but remember he was a hot prospect to chase

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  2. Something tells me you won't get the same treatment that Fraser got when he was pawning off his baseball cards and eventually got with Alicia Silverstone.

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  3. Yeah not the most exciting pull but still a fun trip down memory lane.

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